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Editor's Pick: For decades experts have puzzled over why the US spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations Now Elizabeth H Bradley and Lauren A Taylor marshal extensive research including a comparative study of health care data from thirty countries and get to the root of this paradox.

The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less

Foreword by Harvey V Fineberg President of the Institute of Medicine For decades experts have puzzled over why the US spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations Now Elizabeth H Bradley and Lauren A Taylor marshal extensive research including a comparative study of health care data from thirty countries and get to the root of this paradox Weve left out of our tally the most impactful expenditures countries make to improve the health of their populations-investments in social services In The American Health Care Paradox Bradley and Taylor illuminate how narrow definitions of health care archaic divisions in the distribution of health and social services and our allergy to government programs combine to create needless suffering in individual lives even as health care spending continues to soar They show us how and why the US health care system developed as it did examine the constraints on and possibilities for reform and profile inspiring new initiatives from around the world

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